Here is why Shabnim Ismail stepped down from international cricket

Shabnim Ismail calls it a day in international cricket after racking up one record after the other

After an illustrious span in the international cricketing arcade, one of the most revered fast bowlers in the history of women’s cricket, Shabnim Ismail stepped down to look after her family. This was the fourth telling blow to the South Africans who have already lost the likes of Lizelle Lee, Mignon du Preez and Dane van Niekerk.

Shanim Ismail, the speed demon of South Africa was also an efficient enforcer of pace, raging through the defenses of the batters. Calling it a day at the age of 34, Shabnim has conquered countries and continents alike.

A glance at the legacy of Shabnim Ismail

She was just the second bowler in the history of the game to have registered 190 plus wickets in ODI cricket for women with Jhulan Goswami being the highest wicket taker in women’s cricket in the longer format of the game with 255 scalps.

Shabnim racked up 241 caps in her prolonged residence in the international circuit and would often terrorize the batters with her raw brand of pace that would leave her opposition curled up in a shell. She also bowled the fastest ball in the history of international cricket at a speed of 128 kays which was also the fastest ball bowled in the history of women’s cricket until Ellyse Perry rattled the speed gun with her raw pace in WPL.

This is what Twitter had to say about Shabnim Ismail

In her farewell speech, Shabnim would say, “After 16 years proudly representing my country, I have come to the difficult decision to retire from international cricket and move on to the next chapter of my life. I really believe that reducing the amount of cricket I play will enable me to do this, and playing in global leagues is the only way I see to be able to fit in both family and cricket.”

Twitter paid their tributes to the South African speedster in the brightest of fashion, as she bowed out of the game in scintillating fashion.

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